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Ambrose Bierce

a.k.a. Ambrose Gwinnet Bierce, Dod Grile*

Author Code: AABX

Born: Jun. 24, 1842 - Meigs County, Ohio, USA

Died: Jan. 11, 1914 (?) - Ojinega, Mexico

Bierce's education was limited to a year of high school and a short period in a military school. His first job was as a printer's apprentice for the Northern Indianan. Enlisting in the Union army in 1861, Bierce served as a topographical officer and took part in a number of battles including Chickamauga (1863), which would later form the basis of his story of the same name (1889). Bierce was also wounded at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. After the war, he moved to San Francisco and took a job as a watchman while he plied his career in journalism. He became the editor of the News Letter in 1868 and also contributed to the Overland Monthly and the Californian. Bierce's first publication was The Haunted Valley (1871), which appeared in the Overland Monthly. He married in 1872 and went to England where he lived in London until 1875, contributing to Figaro and Fun magazines and publishing three volumes of stories entitled The Friend's Delight (1872), Nuggets and Dust Panned Out in California (1872) and Cobwebs From an Empty Skull (1874). Returning to the USA, Bierce became the associate editor of the San Francisco Argonaut, and after a stint at mining in the Dakotas and work at the San Francisco Wasp, he settled into a job with the Hearst newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, where he wrote a column for twenty years. A fantastic wit and sometimes cruel critic, Bierce collected the best of his epigrams in the Cynic's Word Book (1906), subsequently renamed to the Devil's Dictionary in 1911. Bierce also wrote for the New York Journal and Cosmopolitan Magazine. He retired from writing in 1913 and is said to have moved to Mexico, where he mysteriously disappeared during the civil war there in 1914.

eBook Code Title/Sub-Title Pub. Yr Pages File Size Type Download Format Find Printed Copy
AABX003 Can Such Things Be?
  A Baby Tramp
  Beyond The Wall
  The Damned Thing
  The Death of Halpin Frayser
  A Diagnosis of Death
  Haita the Shepherd
  The Haunted Valley
  An Inhabitant of Carcosa
  John Bartine's Watch - A Story by a Physician
  John Mortonson's Funeral
  A Jug of Sirup
  The Middle Toe of the Right Foot
  The Moonlit Road
  Moxon's Master
  The Night-Doings at "Deadman's" - A Story That is Untrue
  One of Twins - A Letter Found Among the Papers of the Late Mortimer Barr
  One Summer Night
  A Psychological Shipwreck
  The Realm of the Unreal
  A Resumed Identity
  The Secret of Macarger's Gulch
  Stanley Fleming's Hallucination
  The Stranger
  A Tough Tussle
1893 106 830k eBook Download PDF - 'Can Such Things Be?' (AABX003) Find a printed copy of Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX002 The Devil's Dictionary 1911 152 873k eBook Download PDF - 'The Devil's Dictionary' (AABX002) Find a printed copy of The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX004 The Fiend's Delight
  Additional Talk - Done in the Country
  Angels and Angles
  The Average Parson
  The Baffled Asian
  A Bit of Chivalry
  Boys Who Began Wrong
  A Certain Popular Fallacy
  The Child's Provider
  A Comforter
  A Cow-County Pleasantry
  Current Journalings
  Deathbed Repentance
  Did We Eat One Another?
  The Discomfited Demon
  Flogging
  The Glad New Year
  The Good Young Man
  The Heels of Her
  His Railway
  Insects
  Items From the Press of Interior California
  Johnny
  A Kansas Incident
  L.S.
  The Late Dowling, Senior
  Laughorisms
  Le Diable est aux Vaches
  Little Isaac
  Love's Labour Lost
  Margaret the Childless
  Mendicity's Mistake
  The Mistake of a Life
  Mr. Gish Makes a Present
  Mr. Grile's Girl
  Mr. Hunker's Mourner
  Music - Muscular and Mechanic
  Musings, Philosophical and Theological
  The New Church That Was Not Built
  Obituary Notices
  On Death and Immortality
  One More Unfortunate
  The Optimist, and What He Died Of
  Pastoral Journalism
  Picnicking Considered As a Mistake
  Poesy
  Pork on the Hoof
  Reflections Upon the Beneficent Influence of the Press
  Retribution
  The Root of Education
  The Scolliver Pig
  A Tale of the Great Quake
  A Tale of Two Feet
  Tall Talk: A Call to Dinner
  Thanksgiving Day
  A Wingless Insect
  The Young Person
  Your Friend's Friend
1873 89 481k eBook Download PDF - 'The Fiend's Delight' (AABX004) Find a printed copy of The Fiend's Delight by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX010 An Heiress From Redhorse 1891 5 172k eBook Download PDF - 'An Heiress From Redhorse' (AABX010)   Download ePub - 'An Heiress From Redhorse' (AABX010) Find a printed copy of An Heiress From Redhorse by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX011 The Man and the Snake 1891 5 171k eBook Download PDF - 'The Man and the Snake' (AABX011)   Download ePub - 'The Man and the Snake' (AABX011) Find a printed copy of The Man and the Snake by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX007 An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge 1891 7 198k eBook Download PDF - 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge' (AABX007) Find a printed copy of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX008 The Parenticide Club
  The Hypnotist
  An Imperfect Conflagration
  My Favorite Murder
  Oil of Dog
1888 12 228k eBook Download PDF - 'The Parenticide Club' (AABX008) Find a printed copy of The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX001 Present At A Hanging & Other Ghost Stories
  An Arrest
  A Baffled Ambuscade
  Charles Ashmore's Trail
  A Cold Greeting
  The Difficulty of Crossing a Field
  A Fruitless Assignment
  The Isle of Pines
  A Man With Two Lives
  At Old Man Eckert's
  The Other Lodgers
  Present At A Hanging
  Science to the Front
  The Spook House
  The Thing at Nolan
  Three and One Are One
  Two Military Executions
  An Unfinished Race
  A Vine on a House
  A Wireless Message
1909 33 407k eBook Download PDF - 'Present At A Hanging & Other Ghost Stories' (AABX001) Find a printed copy of Present At A Hanging & Other Ghost Stories by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX009 Shapes of Clay
  The Aesthetes
  Again
  An Alibi
  An Anarchist
  Another Way
  An Apologue
  Arma Virumque
  Art
  Arthur McEwen
  To An Aspirant
  Aspiration
  At the "National Encampment."
  An Augury
  Authority
  An Average
  Azrael
  A Ballad of Pikeville
  To the Bartholdi Statue
  Beecher
  A Bequest to Music
  Bereavement
  Bimetalism
  In the Binnacle
  The Birth of Virtue
  A Bit of Science
  A Black-list
  A "Born Leader of Men."
  The Bride
  The Brothers
  A Bubble
  A Builder
  A Bulletin
  Business
  By A Defeated Litigant
  A Career in Letters
  To A Censor
  A Challenge
  Charles and Peter
  At the Close of the Canvass
  The Confederate Flags
  Consolation
  Constancy
  Contemplation
  Contentment
  Convalescent (1)
  Convalescent (2)
  Cooperation
  Corrected News
  Creation
  To A Critic of Tennyson
  The Cynic's Bequest
  The Day of Wrath
  The Death of Grant
  The Debtor Abroad
  In Defense
  To A Dejected Poet
  A Demand
  Democracy
  Detected
  Diagnosis
  Dies Irae
  A Dilemma
  Disavowal
  Discretion
  The Division Superintendent
  The Dying Statesman
  The Eastern Question
  Election Day
  Elixer Vitae
  An Enemy to Law and Order
  An Epitaph
  An Error
  An Example
  An Exile
  Exoneration
  An Explanation
  A Fair Division
  The Fall of Miss Larkin
  Fallen
  A False Prophecy
  Fame
  Fate
  The Following Pair
  A Fool
  For A Certain Critic
  For Merit
  For Tat
  For Wounds
  Foresight
  Foundations of the State
  The Fountain Refilled
  France
  Francine
  The Free Trader's Lament
  From the Minutes
  General B.F. Butler
  Genesis
  The Genesis of Embarrassment
  Geotheos
  The God's View-point
  A Guest
  Haec Fabula Docet
  To Her
  The Hermit
  The Hesitating Veteran
  In High Life
  History
  Homo Podunkensis
  Hospitality
  Humility
  The Humorist
  A Hymn of the Many
  An Imposter
  In Contumaciam
  Incurable
  Industrial Discontent
  An Inscription for A Statue of Napoleon, At West Point
  An Inscription
  Inspiration
  An Invocation
  J.F.B.
  Judgment
  July Fourth
  Justice
  The King of Bores
  A Lacking Factor
  L'Audace
  Laus Lucis
  Liberty
  "A Literary Method."
  The Lord's Prayer on A Coin
  The Lost Colonel
  Lusus Politicus
  Mad
  Magnanimity
  The Man Born Blind
  To Maude
  In Memoriam
  Metempsychosis
  The Militiaman
  Montefiore
  A Morning Fancy
  Mr. Fink's Debating Donkey
  A "Mute Inglorious Milton."
  To My Laundress
  My Monument
  Nanine
  To Nanine
  The Naval Constructor
  The New "Ulalume."
  The New Enoch
  A Nightmare
  Not Guilty
  Novum Organum
  An Offer of Marriage
  Omnes Vanitas
  To One Across the Way
  One Mood's Expression
  One Morning
  One of the Unfair Sex
  One President
  Oneiromancy
  The Opposing Sex
  To Oscar Wilde
  A Paradox
  A Partisan's Protest
  The Passing of "Boss" Shepherd
  The Passing Show
  Peace
  Philosopher Bimm
  A Pickbrain
  Poesy
  A Poet's Hope
  Political Economy
  The Politician
  Politics
  A Possibility
  Prayer
  Presentiment
  To A Professional Eulogist
  On A Proposed Crematory
  The Psoriad
  Psychographs
  The Pun
  Rebuke
  Re-edified
  Religion
  Religious Progress
  Reminded
  A Rendezvous
  A Reply to A Letter
  Revenge
  The Rich Testator
  The Royal Jester
  The Saint and the Monk
  Salvini in America
  The Scurril Press
  A Serenade
  Sires and Sons
  A Social Call
  Something in the Papers
  Stanley
  The Statesmen
  Stephen Dorsey
  Stephen J. Field
  Stoneman in Heaven
  Strained Relations
  A Study in Gray
  Subterranean Phantasies
  To A Summer Poet
  T.A.H.
  The Tables Turned
  Technology
  Tempora Mutantur
  Thanksgiving
  To-day
  The Town of Dae
  Two Methods
  Two Rogues
  Two Shows
  Two Types
  Unexpounded
  An Unmerry Christmas
  The Unpardonable Sin
  Vanished At Cock-crow
  Vice Versa
  From Virginia to Paris
  A Vision of Doom
  Visions of Sin
  A Warning
  The Weather Wight
  A Welcome
  A Wet Season
  A Whipper-in
  The Wise and Good
  With Mine Own Petard
  Woman
  The Woman and the Devil
  Woman in Politics
  The Yearly Lie
  A Year's Casualties
  Yorick
1903 292 776k eBook Download PDF - 'Shapes of Clay' (AABX009) Find a printed copy of Shapes of Clay by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX005 A Son of the Gods & A Horseman In the Sky
  A Horseman in the Sky
  A Son of the Gods
1907 10 232k eBook Download PDF - 'A Son of the Gods & A Horseman In the Sky' (AABX005) Find a printed copy of A Son of the Gods & A Horseman In the Sky by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks
AABX006 What I Saw of Shiloh 1891 16 216k eBook Download PDF - 'What I Saw of Shiloh' (AABX006) Find a printed copy of What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce at AbeBooks

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